Your tailor-made Louis Vuitton bags have arrived – which is, if you happen to be one of the lucky few sporting BMW’s slick new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
For your personal bucks (no word on how many of them yet, although with Louis Vuitton, you can safely assume it won’t be a small number) you get two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag – all made entirely with carbon fiber.
That exotic material, suited for the electric BMW’s stiff passenger monocoque and primarily seen on expensive supercars, offers to make these Louis bags extremely light and durable. It’s also one of many very first uses of carbon fiber as a garment fabric. Louis Vuitton says they’ll be available by request at the company’s New York and Los Angeles stores starting in April.
None of the bags have wheels. But then again, if this sounds like the kind of stuff you’re into, you probably aren’t the kind of person who carries their own bags around anyway.
But because it’s typically too nice to expose to the harsh rigors of travel and difficult to switch, fitted luggage is usually a questionable purchase – not simply mainly because it automatically making you a certain sort of bag. However these all-black Louis bags are unusually understated for the French luxury brand, with the signature Damier pattern and a hint of bright blue stitching inside to match the bright blue seatbelts and trim on the BMW.
Naturally, the valets and bellmen at your various luxury stopovers every 311 miles (or 22 if you intend to stay exclusively within the i8’s all-electric range) will know while they hand carry each bag into the resort.
If you’re planning to take your i8 on the road trip – and if you are, we’d love to learn about the rest of your life – there’s a place for this exquisite luggage, We’ll concede that. Which bags do look cool and fit perfectly within the cockpit of the is an unquestionably innovative car.
Are they any better than the rugged nylon pieces you can get from a company like STM for a tiny part of the money plus a lifetime warranty? Probably not, however, buyers of $136,000 hybrid sports cars have more choices when they’re out shopping.